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  1. Gatwick drones: As it happened

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  1. Armed police were poised to shoot down Gatwick drone

    Tom Burridge

    BBC transport correspondent

    Gatwick drone sign

    Although shooting-down a drone is far from straight-forward and potentially very risky, I understand that armed police were poised at Gatwick to start shooting during the incident before Christmas.

    I’m also told that some of the drone sightings at Gatwick were in critical parts of the airport, near or in landing and take-off zones, making the threat to aircraft all the more real.

    The police are said to have photos of the drone or drones used at Gatwick.

    However no credible arrests have been made.

  2. UK weighs up drone deterrent options

    Tom Burridge

    BBC transport correspondent

    Drone sightings caused days of disruption at Gatwick before Christmas
    Image caption: Drone sightings caused days of disruption at Gatwick before Christmas

    The BBC understands that the government is considering installing military-grade anti-drone equipment at all major UK airports, as well as at other critical infrastructure such as prisons and power stations.

    Aviation Minister, Baroness Sugg, is meeting airport bosses this afternoon.

    It follows the major disruption at Gatwick before Christmas and the suspension of departures from Heathrow for nearly an hour on Tuesday night following drone sightings at both airports.

  3. Tom Burridge

    Transport correspondent, BBC News

    Sussex Police are at the airport

    Tom Burridge

    Transport correspondent, BBC News

    Drones were seen in, or close to, Gatwick's takeoff and landing zones in December, the BBC has learned.

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    Video caption: Gatwick drone arrest couple: 'Feeling completely violated'

    The couple arrested over the drone chaos at Gatwick Airport have said they are "deeply distressed".

  5. Gatwick updates: Thank you for joining us

    Emergency vehicles at Gatwick

    Flights at Gatwick have resumed after being suspended for a short time after a new drone sighting.

    Aircraft were left circling above the area during the latest alert, which came at about 17:10 GMT.

    Flights resumed less than 90 minutes later.

    Thousands of passengers have had their holiday plans disrupted.

    Any developments on this story will be reported on the BBC website, as well as on radio and TV.

    For now, though, goodbye and thanks for joining us.

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    Video caption: Gatwick drones: Police looking for flying object in the sky

    Drones have been causing travel chaos for passengers hoping to fly in or out of Gatwick airport.

  7. 'They couldn't have cared less'

    Bob Dale

    BBC Live reporter

    “They couldn’t have cared tuppence to be honest”

    Ruth Kent, 80, from West London was forced to borrow $1,000 from friends to buy a flight home from Florida via Dublin after Gatwick grounded flights.

    “I was completely and utterly panic stricken when I found out,” she said.

    Ms Kent said that she tried getting in touch with both Norwegian Airlines and her insurers but neither responded.

    She said that she even told Norwegian Airlines in an email that she was a woman on her own and in her 80s but: “They couldn’t have cared tuppence to be honest.”

    “Luckily I had friends here,” Ms Kent said. “I don’t know what I would have done if I didn’t have friends because to be honest I was in a complete panic because I wanted to get home before Christmas.”

  8. Delays expected 'well into the weekend'

    Duncan Kennedy

    BBC South of England Correspondent

    BBC South of England Correspondent Duncan Kennedy says tonight's events could have a knock on affect with around 12 flights cancelled or diverted as a result of the short suspension.

    “It’s already going to take them well into the weekend to rectify all these problems and that may be affected a little bit by this latest emergency which has come to an end," he says.

    He has been told delays are expected until at least Saturday and possibly into Sunday.

  9. Business group demands tougher laws

    Bob Dale

    BBC Live reporter

    There's been an angry reaction to events at Gatwick from business leaders.

    The London Chamber of Commerce says tougher laws are needed to tackle the misuse of drones.

    Quote Message: It was alarming to watch a major strategic infrastructure asset being brought to a standstill. Airports, airlines and business travellers can now reasonably expect the Government to look at what steps they can move on swiftly, to avoid any repetition." from Sean McKee Director of Policy and Public Affairs for London Chamber of Commerce and Industry
    Sean McKeeDirector of Policy and Public Affairs for London Chamber of Commerce and Industry
    Stranded passengers at Gatwick
  10. Gatwick disruption: How will police catch the drone menace?

    A drone

    Police say they are still searching for those responsible for the unprecedented disruption at Gatwick Airport.

    But the drones that were flown over the airfield have not been captured.

    Endangering the safety of an aircraft is a criminal offence that can carry a prison sentence.

    So how will police find those responsible?

    Read the full story here.